Request for National Interest Exception for a Current Visa Holder

Email BrusselsVisa@state.gov with the subject line NIE Request: [Your surname]. ONLY send this email if you meet ALL of the four below conditions. We will not process your request if these four conditions are not met. If you are not in Belgium currently, or you do not plan to travel to the United States in the next 30 days, please wait until those conditions are met. Please first review the page Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States before submitting a request.

  • I have a valid visa (or ESTA approval **)
  • I am currently in Belgium
  • I plan to travel to the United States in the next 30 days
  • I agree to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the United States

Please submit the requirements which correspond to your visa type and request. We will review your request as soon as possible, but please note that we cannot guarantee that your request can be granted. We may ask you for follow up information via email.

B visa
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • My request is for personal reasons (please explain and attach any relevant documents, such as a letter from a doctor)

Or

  • My request is for business reasons (please explain and attach a letter from your company)
E visa
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • Confirm that you are still engaged in the same business as your approved visa, with a brief
    description of that business

Or

  • My request is for a dependent to rejoin the principal visa holder in the United States (Note: the dependent must already have a valid visa)
J visa
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • I attached a scan of my DS-2019
H, I, L, O, P visas
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • My request is for business reasons (please explain and attach a letter from your company)

Or

  • My request is for a dependent to rejoin the principal visa holder in the United States (Note: the dependent must already have a valid visa)
 Visa Waiver / ESTA
  • I attached scans of the ESTA approvals of all travelers and
  • I attached scans of the passport data pages of all travelers and
  • My request is for personal reasons (please explain and attach any relevant documents, such as a letter from a doctor)

Or

  • My request is for business reasons (please explain and attach a letter from your company)

** Many travelers prefer to apply for a B1/B2 visa instead of ESTA as it provides several advantages, including validity of up to 10 years, longer permitted stays in the USA, and the ability to cross at all land or sea borders. If you wish to apply for a visa instead of ESTA, please request an expedited visa appointment.